The Mercy Hospital - Joplin School of Medical Laboratory Science has a 94% placement rate, a 93% pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology, Board of Certification examination for the past three (3) years, and a 100% graduation/0% attrition rate for students who enter the final half of the program.
For the past three years, 94% of the graduates of the MLS program have found employment in the field or have pursued graduate education. Most medical laboratory scientists are employed in a hospital setting. They may choose to perform testing in all areas of the laboratory as a generalist or specialize in one area such as Microbiology. With experience, advanced certification is available. Laboratory management and MLS education are also potential career paths.
The knowledge and skills of the medical laboratory scientist are valued by other employers such as those in research, forensics, physician office laboratories, veterinary laboratories, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies, other industries and sales and service of laboratory equipment and supplies.
There is a critical shortage of certified medical laboratory scientists and the demand is only increasing each year as new tests are developed and those currently working in the field retire. Salaries can range from $40,000 to over $100,000 depending on experience, geographic location and level of responsibilities.